Late Night Robbery Attempt Leads To Homeowner Exchanging Gunfire With Suspect

Late Night Robbery Attempt Leads To Homeowner Exchanging Gunfire With Suspect

A Southfield, Mich. homeowner arrived home about 1:30 AM when he was approached by an armed man demanding money. The suspect timed his attack so that he could enter the home with the victim. He fired on the homeowner after he was in the house, but the victim was able to get to his gun to return fire.

The suspect then fled the home, and it was not initially known if either man was injured.

This is a common tactic with robbers/home invaders; that is to wait in hiding close by so that they can rush the victim as they are opening their door. With their back toward the attacker and the door open, it’s relatively easy for a burglar/home invader to gain entry this way.

Being it was at night, and the attacker was dressed in black and wearing a ski mask (confirmed by a doorbell camera), it’s that much more difficult to spot someone lying in wait to attack. This also works as someone is pulling their car into a garage as their attention is necessarily on parking the car.

Fortunately, this victim was able to get to his gun to defend himself, but this case shows that just keeping a gun in the home might not always be enough. Many are not interested in carrying on their person, preferring to keep a gun in the house, but this assumes that one is already safely in the home. As this homeowner learned, that might not always be a safe assumption.

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Mark Ehlen is a USCCA certified firearms instructor, a MN DNR Firearms Safety instructor, high school trap shooting coach and a writer. As one of his uncles ran Federal Cartridge Corp for many years and his father retired from there, firearms and ammo are second nature to him. His firearms instruction is aimed at helping new shooters have a positive experience as well as understanding the practical and legal side of concealed carry. Mark can be reached at Marksmanship Firearms Training.
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